Reaching People – Leadership Programme Survey

Reaching People in partnership with Close Social Foundation is developing a place based leadership programme for the community sector in Leicester and they would like to get feed back from a cross section of people in the sector.

The outcomes of the survey will be used to inform the development of a potential leadership programme for VCS leaders in Leicester & Leicestershire. Your views and valuable input to the development of this proposed programme would therefore be gratefully appreciated.

Charity Landscape Report

Every year, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) surveys charity leaders to understand the challenges they face, and to assess the impact these challenges have on the sector’s ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries.

This year’s survey reveals an ongoing backdrop of uncertainty of change facing charities and their leaders.

The report also revealed that a fifth of charities with an income of less than £1 million are struggling to survive. Several recommendations are made to help charities adapt to current challenges and ‘brave’ the current landscape. You can read a summary here where you will also find the full findings of the report.

Quorn Mills Park Bowling Club

Following this, VAL helped draw up appropriate charitable objectives, adapting the model-governing document to incorporate the rules of Bowls England, helped with the committee’s decision making to agree to this change of structure, and supported the club to apply as a registered charity. This included reviewing policies and procedures relevant to the application questions.

Applications to the charity commission usually take at least 12 weeks to be approved, however due to VAL’s help and the work of the Club’s trustees, the application was approved by the charity commission within 7 days.

The club’s charitable objective is to provide opportunities for participation and healthy recreation for the inhabitants of their local area by providing facilities for playing bowls.

The club’s next step will be to contact their landlord with the news of their new status, which they hope will lead to an agreement of a long-term lease. As a previously unincorporated body, they were unable to sign such a lease in the club’s name.

The Quorn Mills Park Bowling Club chairman said:

“Our direction and potential development has really been enhanced by becoming a registered charity. VAL’s support along the way has been invaluable, as it will continue to be as we move into uncharted, but exciting, waters.”

They have some preliminary plans for expanding the club’s premises as they continue to grow; early season indications show a 25% increase in membership over the last 2 years. They are hoping their charitable status might help them to review potential sources of part funding.

Let’s Talk Good Finance

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire & CASE are delighted to be working with Good Finance to bring Let’s Talk Good Finance to the East Midlands. Taking place in central Leicester, this event brings together charities, social enterprises and community businesses with social investors to network, share information and discuss the latest issues relating to repayable finance.

This session is your opportunity to:

  • Speak to charity and social enterprise leaders who have already accessed social investment
  • Meet potential social investors
  • Learn about new social investment initiatives, funds and instruments
  • Ask questions in a safe and non-judgemental space
  • Understand more about when social investment is not suitable or appropriate

To view the Agenda for the day and to find out more

Launch party for new VALUES base in Leicester

The main base for VALUES is at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL). VAL created VALUES in 1998 for a handful of people, and twenty years on they now support over 120 clients to take part in over 100 activities each week, with over 30 full or part-time staff and volunteers.

The service is paid for through Personal Budgets, so each VALUES client has a choice over which activities they want to do. Activities could include anything from cooking skills to travel training or learning to play a musical instrument in the VALUES band, and clients have access to the same support worker each week.

The new base includes conveniences like onsite parking and large disabled toilets, and the onsite gardens and hair salon will offer exciting new activities for VALUES clients to get involved in. Clients will also have the chance to mix with the residents of the retirement village and have fun playing bingo or singing around the piano!

Mikaela Paterson, VALUES Team Manager, said:

“We’re really excited that Danbury Gardens has offered for us to use their fantastic facilities for our new VALUES base.

This is a great opportunity for us to offer new activities not only to our new clients, but hopefully to offer our support to even more people across Leicester who struggled to get to our main offices.

We’d love to meet anyone who’s interested in joining VALUES, or even just wants to find out what we do, so come along on the 10th of April to see what support we can offer. And there’s free tea and cake too!”

The launch event is open to anyone who wants to come along and see what VALUES does.